Jordan Green inspires Rangers to increase their unbeaten run to 12 as they continue to steam roller their way towards the North West Division 4 top two. Rangers had already secured their playoff place with the 50-12 victory over Cadishead Rhinos two weeks earlier temporarily move into 2nd position in NWML after Friday’s 7 try rout of Rylands Sharks.
The visitors arguably had the better of the opening exchanges, however they were unable to cause any real threat to the Rangers line and in the 6th minute, Rangers Jacob Winstanley went over for a superb solo effort from 10m out. Winstanley once again showing great vision to find the smallest of gaps in the Rylands line. Jordan Green with the conversion, 6 – 0
Rangers made their first error of the game direct from the kick off, Rylands kicking deep and a lack of communication on the base line saw the ball roll dead, little came of the Sharks possession however. A knock on after 2 tackles saw pressure relieved.
On 16 minutes, Rangers crossed again when Jack McCarthy, making his senior debut for the home side received the ball via an offload and went in under the sticks. Green good with the boot 12 – 0 Rangers.
Next to get in on the act was Brian Massey, moments after coming on the field as a 23 minute interchange, Massey broke down the right channel before carving in field to score under the black dot. Once again Green was good with the boot, 18 – 0.
The next 15 minutes saw the game level off with both sides fighting for field position in an error strewn first 40. The Sharks were showing aggression in defence forcing the home side to cough up the ball on numerous occasions.
Half Time: Manchester Rangers 18 – 0 Rylands Sharks
The visitors came out in the second half looking to claw away at the Rangers lead and were boosted with possession after the Rangers knock on from the Kick Off. Three minutes later and the Sharks finally broke their deadlock. Alex Hodgson crossing in the corner for a well worked Rylands try. 18 – 4
The joy was short lived for the Rylands outfit, Max Horsfall crossing for his first of two try’s on the hour mark. Green maintained his 100% conversion record with a touch line conversion. 24 – 4 Rangers lead extended back to 20 points.
Ryland’s were starting to pose more of a threat to the Rangers line and were rewarded with their second score of the night with Danny Hoyland going over on the left flank, the ball moved with ease from right to left to free up the wingman who had only the line in front of him. Gahgan failing to add the extras. 24 – 8
5 minutes after his last effort, Max Horsfall completed his try haul with a try straight out of the top drawer. The Rangers winger once again showing a hot pair of heels and great strength to see off multiple would-be tacklers before scampering away for a converted try. 30 – 8
Ryland’s were still pushing the home side and scored shortly after, Mitch McJay crossing for the visitors. Hayden Gahgan slotting the conversion. 30 – 14
The home side were playing with confidence and started to look home and dry, Winstanley shot out of dummy half before finding the supporting McCarthy who did well to take the ball in before dotting down for his 2nd of the night capping off a fine performance for the Rangers back rower. Green adding the extras, the score board now read 36 – 8 to the Rangers.
Brian Massey became one of three Rangers players to score a brace when crossing on the stroke of full time, Rangers Scrum Half Jordan Green kicking his 7th conversion of the night.
Full Time: Manchester Rangers 42 – 14 Rylands Sharks
This win moves the Rangers above Rochdale Cobras into second place for the time being, Cobras travel to Westhoughton Lions, Saturday 12th September. Rangers now need to look to maintain their fantastic streak of 12 wins when they face Bury Broncos at Manchester Regional Arena next time out.
Manchester Rangers: 42
Tries: Winstanley, McCarthy (2), Horsfall (2), Massey (2)
Goals: Green (7)
Rylands Sharks: 14
Tries: Hodgson, Hoyland, McJay
Goals: Gahgan (1)
Manchester Rangers return to action on Friday 25th September 2015 for the North West Mens League encounter with Bury Broncos at Manchester Regional Arena. ADMISSION: £2 Adults / £1 Concessions / £5 Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children)
|11th September 2015||7:30 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2015|
|Manchester Regional Arena|
|7||Jordan Green||Scrum Half||1||0||7||0||0|
|16||Private: Joe Regan||Prop||1||0||0||0||0|
|32||Jack McCarthy||Forward Utility||1||2||0||0||0|
|42||Private: Ryan Gilks||Wing||1||0||0||0||0|
Head Coach: Steve Molloy
Rylands Sharks 'A'
Head Coach: Steve Wych